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The USS Arizona Memorial is seen, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, in Honolulu.  Today marks the 69th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

A Navy sailor killed in Pearl Harbor was given proper burial 76 years later


By Gabe Cohen

TACOMA, Wash. - A Navy sailor killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor finally received a proper burial in Tacoma on Wednesday, more than 76 years after his death.

Chester Seaton was born in 1921 and grew up in Tacoma.

When he was 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and soon left for Pearl Harbor.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Seaton was on board the U.S.S. Oklahoma when the Japanese attacked and sank the ship. Seaton, along with 428 of his fellow crew members, died.

The Navy recovered their remains, but could only identify a few of the sailors and eventually buried the rest.

Then in 2015, they reexamined those remains, and last November - through DNA analysis - scientists identified Seaton.

On Wednesday, what would have been Seaton's 97th birthday, a group gathered at Old Tacoma Cemetery to give him a proper buried beside his parents and siblings.

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